Top 5 tips to live in Nauru


When you are going to live abroad, you may have a lot of questions. Hence to facilitate you in this process, we are inviting expats to share their top 5 tips with regards to settling and living in Nauru.

What recommendations would you give soon-to-be expats in Nauru?

How should they prepare efficiently for their expatriation project and settling in?

Please share with us your best advice for a successful expatriation in Nauru!

Thank you in advance :)

A few tips:

1. Nauru uses Australian currency and power voltage systems;
2. ATMs are available but are not 100% reliable in terms of cash availability so it would be wise to have sufficient cash on hand for the duration of your stay in Nauru unless you expect to be paid in cash at some point while in Nauru;
3. Weather is hot and mosquitoes are present - persons sensitive to heat and/or mosquitoes are recommended to bring sunscreen and insect repellents;
4. Fresh vegetable supplies are limited but can be found in some grocery outlets which provide a supply which gets shipped in on a weekly basis (on average);
5. Public transportation is not a regular service provided. Most public buses are dedicated to school children and other operating organisations. Taxis are available but are few in numbers and can be quite costly.
6. Nauru hosts detention centres for Asylum Seekers who initially had ventured to live in Australia. Some have been permitted to reside in Nauru as residents however they still uphold their traditional values from where they came from so it would be wise to address them with respect as they are not tourists;
7. Locals are generally friendly and open-minded to visitors, however they (we) do tend to find a tediousness in personalities which emulate a cocky, arrogant, or condescending attitude. Using offensive language against a local's relative or family member is not accepted (unless you have developed an extremely close relationship with someone and have come to know them very well - other than that, 'Yo mama' jokes won't be laughed at easily;
8. Daytime recreational activities are limited to: bushwalking and discovering old japanese relics from the world war (there are wild dogs so be careful), barbecuing or having a picnic on the Anibare Bay strip is always relaxing,  swimming in the boat harbour also located on the bay is a common favourite for expats as it is also conveniently located near 'The Bay' Restaurant which offers Western and Indian fusion cuisine, Jet skiing at the Gabab Channel requires the hiring of Jet Skis, Fishing Charters are also available, Local tennis and basketball courts are open to the general public and all visitors, free diving or scuba diving is also a good experience but it is recommended that you have a local guide to accompany you, shopping doesn't have much to offer in Nauru but the local Market is open at the Civic Centre every Saturday morning till noon which sometimes offers local handicrafts and local food.
9. Nightlife recreational activities are limited to: The Reef Bar located at the Meneng Hotel opens daily except Sunday, and 'Jules On The Deck' Bar & Grill restaurant located on the sandy shores of Nibok District which features a VIP room (booking only), dancing nightclub, upper and lower deck for wining and dining, an outdoor dance stage highlighted by an in-house live band performing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Other activities include night time fishing for deep sea fish and Noddy bird catching up near the pinnacles.
10. Car rentals are common and average price for a vehicle per day is about $80.00 so if you don't want to be paying $80 every day for a car, I suggest you ensure that your company provides you with some sort of transportation for your stay.
11. The operating network for telecommunications in Nauru is Digicel. They provide cellphones, tablets, internet connection plans, and other accessories. 

In the end, Nauru isn't all too bad but there are some setbacks which locals are all too familiar with and these include: Power outages (blackouts), petrol fuel shortage, and poor cell/internet reception in some parts of the island. Internet speed is not impressive but better in some areas than others.

DVDs are sold in local shops and video games can either be found at Capelle & Partner, Ocean electronics, or through the online traders 'Nikenatik Games' at

Hope this helps.